Produced in limited quantities in the 1940s and 1950s, Adele Simpson jewelry was designed to coordinate with her fashions. An example of the large, Byzantine style star pendant necklace presented can be seen in Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 101". As suggested in her description, not all of these were made as sachet holders. There is no hatch cover on reverse and no evidence there ever was one. Also the pendant loop is positioned differently than if a hatch had been installed. It appears that these pendants were made with and without sachet holders. Our example is sans holder.
Embellished with metal beading and coiled rosettes, a large pierced dome centers the star. Bilateral chains secure via a spring ring clasp.
The pendant measures approximately 3 1/2 inches across with a 7/8 inch dome. Chain is about 27 inches long. Weight of the pendant necklace is approximately 78 grams.
Condition is very good vintage. There is some wear to the gold tone finish on the pendant showing a more brass tone patina. Some silver tone base metal showing on bead high points. Although the chain appears to be original, it has more gold color than the pendant. We have opted to leave as found. No polishing has been done. Metal components free from dents or improper bends. No crush or collapse. Pendant loop, chains and clasp secure. Clean. Age commensurate wear on pendant. Very good vintage. Condition reflected in price.
Reverse of the pendant is signed in handwritten print: "ADELE SIMPSON" and "C-771-4905". Circa 1950s.
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